Christmas

61299_512159765482253_851543363_nChristmas takes place annually on December 25 And celebrate the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary as a fulfillment of the Old Testament’s Messianic prophecy it also closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide. The birth year of Jesus is estimated to have been between 7 and 2 BC, although the exact month and day of his birth are unknown His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. However some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which corresponds to January in the modern-day Gregorian calendar.

he Bible contains two accounts which describe the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. biblical accounts are found in the Gospel of Matthew, namely Matthew 1:18, and the Gospel of Luke, specifically Luke 1:26 and 2:40. According to these accounts, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem.in a stable, surrounded by farm animals. A manger is mentioned in Luke 2:7, where it states Mary “wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (KJV); and “She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them” (NIV). Shepherds from the fields surrounding Bethlehem were told of the birth by an angel, and were the first to see the child Popular tradition also holds that three kings or wise men (named Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar) visited the infant Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew describes a visit by an unspecified number of magi, or astrologers, sometime after Jesus was born while the family was living in a house (Matthew 2:11), who brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the young child Jesus. The visitors were said to be following a mysterious star, commonly known as the Star of Bethlehem, believing it to announce the birth of a king of the Jews.The commemoration of this visit, the Feast of Epiphany celebrated on January 6, is the formal end of the Christmas season in some churches.

1495511_722474054449676_1712107220_nCustoms associated with Christmas are a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins and include attending Church Services, gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes,garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus,Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season. In Rome There is evidence of a Christian Feast on 25 December 354 AD celebrating of the birth of Jesus, while in Eastern Christianity the birth of Jesus was already celebrated in connection with the Epiphany on January 6. The celebration was brought to Antioch by John Chrysostom towards the end of the 4th century, probably in 388, and in Alexandria the following century. Many popular customs associated with Christmas developed independently of the commemoration of Jesus’ birth, with certain elements having origins in pre-Christian festivals that were celebrated around the winter solstice by people who were later converted to Christianity, including the Yule log from Yule and gift giving from Saturnalia. Christmas customs have also continually evolved since the holiday’s inception, ranging from a sometimes raucous, drunken, carnival-like state in the Middle Agesto a tamer family-oriented and children-centered theme introduced in a 19th-century reformation. The celebration of Christmas was also banned by the Puritans, as pagan or unbiblical

Christmas is one of the most important and popular for the attendance of church services, and there are other devotions and popular traditions, such as the Nativity with animals to portray the event with more realism or sing carols that reference the event. A long artistic tradition has grown of producing painted depictions of the nativity in art. Nativity scenes are traditionally set in a stable with livestock and include Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus in the manger, the three wise men, the shepherds and their sheep, the angels, and the Star of Bethlehem.Some Christians also display a small re-creation of the Nativity, known as a Nativity scene or crèche, in their homes, using figurines to portray the key characters of the event. Prior to Christmas Day, the Eastern Orthodox Church practices the 40-day Nativity Fast in anticipation of the birth of Jesus, while much of Western Christianity celebrates four weeks ofAdvent. The final preparations for Christmas are made on Christmas Eve, and many families’ major observation of Christmas actually falls in the evening of this day.

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